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Celebrating Diversity

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December 1, 2021 7:00 pm

Celebrating Diversity

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December 1, 2021 7:00 pm

At the 2019 graduation ceremony at a local high school, 608 students prepared to receive their diplomas. The principal began by asking students to stand when he read the name of the country where they were born: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bosnia. . . . The principal kept going until he’d named sixty countries and every student was standing and cheering together. Sixty countries, one high school.

The beauty of unity amid diversity was a powerful image that celebrated something near to God’s heart, people living together in unity.

We read an encouragement for unity among God’s people in Psalm 133, a psalm of ascent—a song sung as people entered Jerusalem for annual celebrations. The psalm reminded the people of the benefits of living harmoniously (v. 1) despite differences that could cause division. In vivid imagery, unity is described as refreshing dew (v. 3) and oil—used to anoint priests (Exodus 29:7)—“running down” the head, beard and clothing of a priest (v. 2). Together, these images point to the reality that in unity God’s blessings flow so lavishly they can’t be contained.

For believers in Jesus, despite differences such as ethnicity, nationality or age, there is a deeper unity in the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3). When we stand together and celebrate that common bond as Christ leads us, we can embrace our God-given differences and celebrate the source of true unity.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled celebrating diversity was written by Lisa and Sandra at the 2019 graduation ceremony at a local high school 608 students prepared to receive their diplomas. The principal began by asking students to stand when he read the name of the country where they were born Afghanistan Bolivia Bosnia the principal kept going until he names 60 countries and every student was standing and cheering together 60 countries. One high school. The beauty of unity amid diversity was a powerful image that celebrated something near to God's heart. People living together in unity.

We read and encouragement for unity among God's people in Psalm 133, a Psalm of assent a song sung as people enter Jerusalem for annual celebrations.

The Psalm reminded the people of the benefits of living harmoniously despite differences that could cause division in vivid imagery unity is described as refreshing due and oil used to anoint priests running down the head, beard and clothing of a priest together, these images point to the reality that in unity God's blessings flow so lavishly they can't be contained for believers in Jesus despite differences such as ethnicity, nationality, or age. There's a deeper unity in the spirit. When we stand together and celebrate that common bond. As Jesus leads us we can embrace our God given differences and celebrate the source of true unity. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Psalm 133, how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard running down on Aaron's beard down on the collar of his rope. It is as if the dew of Herman were falling on Mount Zion for there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. Let's pray our heavenly father we live in such a diverse world and it's so easy to just focus on what makes us different and allow it to divide us. Help us to see every person as you see them and to do our best to build deep and meaningful relationships that honor and reflect you. It's in your name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today I'm Rachelle Traub and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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